Yahoo didn’t commission Siri app rival: confirms Robin Labs

The Internet was recently awash with reports about a Yahoo project aimed at offering a competitor to Apple's virtual assistant app Siri; but any inquiry by TechCrunch has revealed that Yahoo was not behind the project.

A video posted yesterday showed a man driving around speaking to an app capable of recognizing his speech. The video prompted many to predict that it was Yahoo's answer to Apple Siri and Google Now.

Yahoo acquires content delivery start-up PeerCDN

Continuing its buying spree, Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday announced that it was acquiring a small California-based content delivery start-up called PeerCDN.

Like other content delivery companies, PeerCDN own servers and other information technology (IT) resources to deliver various sorts of content, particularly streaming video, while ensuring fast response times and low bandwidth costs. Content delivery companies are based on content replication, where several copies of content are positioned on purposefully detached servers.

Recent Mail outage will make it even harder for Yahoo to retain loyal users

The most recent prolonged, multiday Yahoo Mail outage has hiked the level of difficulty that the Internet firm has been facing in retaining the loyalty of the service's users.

The technical glitch erupted on Monday night, when many users of the service reported that they were unable to deliver messages. The webmail system continued troubling many of its users by Thursday, with several of the emails that had been sent during the down time still unable to find their recipients. Yahoo engineers were not able to pin down right away what was the cause of the issue.

Yahoo apologizes for Mail service’s multiday outage

Yahoo has apologized to its Mail users for the recent outage, admitting that the outage was much more complex than it initially appeared.

Issuing an apology to Yahoo Mail users for the inconvenience caused by the long-drawn-out, multiday outage, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote in the company's official Tumblr blog that it took them several days to resolve the issue because of the issue's more complex nature than originally estimated.

Google, Yahoo, Facebook now using “harder-to-crack” codes

Tired of NSA's controversial snooping programs, Silicon Valley tech giant like Google, Yahoo and Facebook are now using "harder-to-crack" codes.

According to a recently published Bloomberg report, Google and other online firms have strengthened their encryption tools to shield online customer data like e-mail and social media posts from government snooping.

The report also claimed that strengthened encryption tools of the aforementioned firms are so strong that no government agency would be able to crack them until 2030.

Yahoo’s email reassigning move triggers privacy row

Privacy experts have asked Internet search giant Yahoo Inc to take more steps to ensure consumers' privacy as many Yahoo email addresses reassigned to new owners are still receiving personal emails intended for the former owners.

In June, Yahoo had declared that it would redistribute the addresses and IDs that had not been in use for a year.

But, the move triggered concerns over reassigned addresses' former owners' privacy after one man reveled that he had received emails intended for the former owner and that the emails were full of highly sensitive information.